Early turnovers lead to Bearcat loss


GRAFTON— The Grafton Bearcat football team (0-4) was back in action last Friday night as they returned home for the second time this season. The young Bearcats played host to the Wildcats of Pendleton County. The Wildcats would capitalize on a few early turnovers and never look back as they defeated the Bearcats 34 to18. 

“Early turnovers and mistakes put us in a hole that we could not dig out of,” said head coach Mickey Foley. 

The early turnovers for GHS would lead to 4 straight scores for the Wildcats as they would be up 28 to 0 before the Bearcats could cross the goal line. 

The Bearcats first score would come in the third quarter as quarterback Cam Foley connected with Tristen Floyd for a 38 yard touchdown pass. 

On the next possession the Bearcat defense would hold and force a three-and-out for the Wildcat offense. 

GHS would take advantage and score on their next offensive drive as Foley would punch it in from the one yard line. The Bearcat score was setup by a nice 11-yard pass from Foley to junior receiver Isaiah Vanscoy. 

The Cats defense would allow Pendleton to add one more score as Dillon Smith would score from 26 yards out. 

The final score of the day came on a pass completion of 29 yards from Foley to sophomore Dillan America. 

The score was setup by Cyrus Mayle who blocked a Pendleton punt giving GHS great field position. 

Freshman Kaden Keener would once again lead the Bearcat rushing attack as he would gather  70 yards on 18 carries. The remaining GHS rushers were Aaron Barker (8-9), Vanscoy (1-5) and Foley (2-8). 

Foley once again handled all the quarterback duties as he completed 15 of 31 passes for 247 yards. 

Foley’s favorite target on the night was Floyd as he caught 6 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. The remaining pass catchers for GHS were America (5-85), Keener (1-19) and Vanscoy (5-45). 

The Bearcats once again would allow over 200 yards rushing against Pendleton. 

“Our inability to stop the run has hurt us all year,” said Foley. “But the boys played hard and we are proud of them for that. We as coaches need to do a better job of making sure everyone is ready to play each week.”

The Cats will need to improve the run defense this coming Friday as they travel to Clarksburg to take on the Liberty (Harrison) Mountaineers. The game is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m.

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